The Herald Bulletin

September 7, 2013

No plain-Jane style for this couple

By Emma Bowen Meyer For The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — When Scott and Chrislyn Reed bought their home 12 years ago, almost every wall was covered with wallpaper. Now every wall is painted – but not in a plain-Jane color or everyday style. Each room is accented with at least one unique wall that leaves guests asking: “How did you do that?”

“My friend, Gina Stuckey, has helped me a lot,” said Chrislyn, director of publishing at PraiseGathering Music Group. “She’s an interior decorator.”

“Chrislyn’s being humble,” said Scott, financial adviser at Edward Jones. “She’s got a good eye.”

Tackling one room at a time, Chrislyn and Gina have transformed the house into a delightful treat for the senses. Faux finishes, unique designs, stenciling and distinctive colors abound at every turn. It’s only natural to reach out and touch the walls.

Greeting visitors in the entryway is a faded checkerboard design.

“Gina did this as a birthday present for me,” said Chrislyn. “I didn’t even know what it was going to look like when it was done.”

Most of the living room is painted taupe, which only adds to the dramatic effect of the accent wall behind the baby grand piano.

“Gina cut up paper bags, fixed them to the wall and painted over them. Then a metallic coat covered it all,” she said. When asked if the idea made her nervous, she was quick to admit hesitation. “I said I wanted to see what it would look like first. She took me to a house in Alexandria where she had done this and I loved it.”

Chrislyn added her own whimsy to the kitchen with a colorful checked design that clearly took many long hours to complete. White lines separate small diamonds of bright red, mustard yellow and gray.

Not wishing to neglect the bathrooms, the duo fashioned a stand-out bit of inspiration for the master. A thick strip of texture (created with drywall mud) is painted shiny silver and lies on a bed of smooth gray.

This technique stirred Scott to imitate the texture on all of the walls in the second bathroom. Currently a deep brown, this room has undergone many face-lifts as the shared bathroom of their two sons, Brady, a sophomore at Anderson University, and Blaine, a junior at Frankton.

Scott’s contributions to the transformation of the home didn’t stop there. He and his father-in-law, Chris Mast, built a beautiful deck in the backyard. He also finished the second floor as a bonus room.

“When we first looked at the house and I noticed the upstairs was not finished, I saw real potential for a playroom for the boys,” he said. “Previously we had bought land and were going to build. We had everything ready – the plans and the builder. But I didn’t have peace about it and we started looking at houses. I liked that this one was in a neighborhood, but on a cul-de-sac with fields on both sides.”

“The lot is wonderful,” agreed Chrislyn. “I was set on building, so I needed to change my mindset, but once I did – I love everything about the house now. I especially like it that the (sun porch) faces east and the sun is beautiful in the mornings.”

Whether they are outside near the grill and fire pit, inside on the sun porch or upstairs in the bonus room, the family likes to entertain guests.

“We have always wanted our house to be open to people,” said Chrislyn. “We love to have people here. When I’m cleaning and getting ready for company, I take time to pray for them. I want this home to be a blessing to share.”

“My wife does have the gift of hospitality,” said Scott.

Each week, Emma Bowen Meyer features a Madison County home. If you know of a home that should be showcased, send an email to emmagoldiemeyer@yahoo.com.